Formed in the mid-2700s by Abraham Suell, the Church of the Greater Zeitgeist was recognized by the government of the Terran Hegemony as a free and protected religion based on the Seventeen Precepts of Zeitgeist. It eventually attracted a small but dedicated group of followers that ultimately left the Hegemony after Amaris seized control of Terra, relocating to the Federated Suns world of Kentares IV. It was thought to have been wiped out during the Kentares Massacre but resurfaced on Larned some fifty years after that tragedy. From there, the church and its congregation bounced from world to world like some sort of religious troupe for over a century, putting on a cross between a carnival and a metaphysical revival service.
Ultimately, it found a permanent home on Salem, where its followers put down roots and began recruiting from the industrial world’s population. It remains a relatively small religion, but one that has taken hold over the planet and has in the past directly affected Salem’s industrial output when the Church’s leaders have believed that their faithful have not been treated as fairly as they should.